I have really enjoyed crafting the new main character that figures so prominently in Kendar Kandlestar and the Crack in Kazah. I’m simply calling her the “Teen Een” for now, as I’d like to keep her actual name as a surprise for when the book is released.
In any case, the Teen Een’s role is crucial to this story, so I really had to roll up my sleeves and get every nuance of her character just right. I wanted her to have crazy hair, but of course, she couldn’t quite out-do Kendra. At the same time, I wanted her to be a bit more wild. She’s a free spirit, so I tried to communicate that not only through the beads and baubles and braids of her hair, but through her clothing as well.
Her design didn’t happen over-night. If you’ve been in one of my workshops recently, you’ve seen some of the source photos and sketches I compiled through the process of designing this character.
Then came the way the Teen Een speaks. She isn’t your average citizen of Faun’s End. She has a bit of shake in her soda, so to speak. Indeed, Oki even calls her a rather “Jinxly” character, comparing her to everyone’s favourite grasshopper.
The illustration shown in this posting is the most recent one I’ve completed for the Teen Een. I think it captures her character perfectly! And why is she howling, you ask? Well, you’ll just have to wait for the release of Book 4 to find out!